SPOILER: 98.625% of people reading this post will not be voting for Tulsi Gabbard should she make it to the general election. A reasonable-sounding Democrat still supports Democrat policies many of us strongly disagree with. However when all her opponents are running to out batsh!t crazy the next, I’d at least like to acknowledge one of the few intellectually honest voices in the race. Especially when we find ourselves on the same side of a larger, more important battle (see SHOTS FIRED! Tulsi Gabbard is Suing Google for Violating Her Free Speech and WATCH: Google Executive Admits Plan to Stop “Trump Situation” in 2020).
Her opponents campaign on regulating what you drive, what you eat, and every other aspect of your life. Tulsi is campaigning on the importance of free speech.
I’ve been really intrigued by some of the response we’ve gotten from this lawsuit from the chattering class. From some “progressive voices.” They say, “Oh. she’s just trying to grab headlines.” And some conservative voices who say “Finally someone is standing up for free speech.” Why the disparity here?
We as a country cannot afford to only stand up and fight for our freedoms when we are the targets, but when someone else is a target we turn our backs and walk away. This is a danger for all of us. Can you imagine if Google’s CEO was a conservative Republican who was shutting down Democrat voices they disagreed with?
I’d imagine Democrats and their stans in both the media and the entertainment industry would claim the CEO was a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, transphobic, abelist, ageist, anti-science doodyhead. Then they’d ask, “What are we talking bout again?”
Gabbard has been inching up in the Iowa and New Hampshire polls, and she’s the only Democrat who is running from the middle. Except for “moderate” Joe Biden, who sometimes doesn’t seem sure where he is or what he’s doing. Or what happened to his pants. That’s not an abelist joke. Okay, maybe it is a little bit.
Is there room for a moderately-rationale voice in the Democrat party? Or are they so blinded by their extremist ideology, anyone left of Marx can’t sit with them?